• Short Summary

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, GENERAL GOWON, HAS MADE A COURTESY VISIT TO CONGO-KINSHASA AT THE INVITATION OF PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU.

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    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, GENERAL GOWON, HAS MADE A COURTESY VISIT TO CONGO-KINSHASA AT THE INVITATION OF PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU.

    GENERAL GOWON SPENT 48 HOURS IN KINSHASA AND THE TWO LEADERS DISCUSSED QUESTIONS OF INTEREST TO NIGERIA AND THE CONGO.

    THE GENERAL SAID AFTER ARRIVING IN KINSHASA THAT CONTINUOUS EFFORTS WERE BEING MADE TO END THE WAR WITH BIAFRA.

    HE SAID THAT ON HIS WAY BACK TO NIGERIA HE WOULD MEET WITH PRESIDENT AHMADOU AHIDJO OF CAMEROUN - THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY - TO DISCUSS THE RESULTS OF VARIOUS MOVES.

    HE SAID HE HAD DISCUSSED THE SITUATION RECENTLY WITH PRESIDENT AHIDJO AND WITH THE ETHIOPIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MR KETEMA YIFRU IN LAGOS.

    HE SAID HIS VISIT TO KINSHASA WAS A PART OF WHAT HE TERMED THE CONTINUOUS EFFORT TO END THE WAR.

    CONGO-KINSHASA HAS ADVOCATED NIGERIAN UNITY, A POSITION RE-AFFIRMED RECENTLY BY THE FOREIGN MINISTER, MR OYRILLE ADOULA.

    IN 1961, DURING THE CONGO SECESSIONIST CRISIS, GENERAL GOWON, THEN A CAPTAIN, SERVED WITH THE NIGERIAN CONTINGENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS FORCE.

    AS WELL AS HAVING TALKS IN KINSHASA WITH PRESIDENT MOBUTU, GENERAL GOWON ALSO MET AFRICAN AMBASSADORS ACCREDITED TO KINSHASA.

    BEFORE LEAVING CONGO-KINSHASA GENERAL GOWON ISSUED A BRIEF STATEMENT IN WHICH HE SAID THAT NIGERIA WAS GOING THROUGH A PAINFUL EXPERIENCE SIMILAR TO THE ONE THE CONGO KNEW A FEW YEARS AGO. THE SAME FORCES WHICH CONSPIRED WITHOUT RESULT TO ENCOURAGE SECESSION AND CONFUSION IN THE CONGO WERE NOW AT WORK IN NIGERIA....BUT THEY WOULD FAIL THERE AS THEY HAD FAILED IN THE CONGO.

    GENERAL GOWON CROSSED THE CONGO RIVER BY FERRY TO PLAY A BRIEF VISIT TO CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE WHERE HE WAS WELCOMED BY PRESIDENT MARIEN NGOUABI AND HIS GOVERNMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1QA313GX5SS8T6F48ZKVF29T4
    Media URN:
    VLVA1QA313GX5SS8T6F48ZKVF29T4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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